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->''"She refers to a phenomenon of moviegoing which I have called certification. Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will expand until it evacuates the entire neighborhood. But if he sees a movie which shows his very neighborhood, it becomes possible for him to live, for a time at least, as a person who is Somewhere and not Anywhere."''
-->-- ''Literature/TheMoviegoer''

Everyone loves some good SceneryPorn every now and then. It's a wonderful means of immersion. If the creators make a background and scenery vibrant and detailed enough, you might even be able to convince yourself that you're actually there!

...Wait a second, is that my house?

Congratulations, you have just encountered the Real Place Background — a subset of Scenery Porn where the scenery in question is based on a real location. This goes beyond just simply making use of notable landmarks. Sometimes every building, storefront, stairway and streetpole will be lovingly re-created for the purposes of the show, no matter how inconsequential.

Locations used for this purpose tend to become the subject of {{otaku}} "pilgrimages", a prime example being the Washinomiya shrine which is used in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.

This is far more common in TV shows, comics and games that are set in real places (e.g., [[BigApplesauce New York]], [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], or [[GayParee Paris]]).

See NoCommunitiesWereHarmed when the setting is highly recognizable, but never gets mentioned by its proper name. Even a mix is possible, when the town is never mentioned by name, but settings like train stations or streets are. Attention to detail in backgrounds is one possible aspect of ShownTheirWork.

Not to be confused with GISSyndrome.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Creator/KyotoAnimation is quite well known for this, to the point that fans have managed to track down the location and angle of the place on which the background of individual scenes were based.
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/ The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''
*** Nagaru Tanigawa made their work much easier in this case, lovingly describing the various locations in his hometown of Nishinomiya (even if he never named it explicitly), where the novels take place, in great detail. [=KyoAni=] people only needed to make a weekend visit to take pictures -- it's about one hour from Kyoto by train.
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/locations-of-kanon/ Kanon]]''
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/mizuho-tokyo-home-of-clannad/ Clannad]]''
** ''[[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/kyoto-region-home-of-k-on/ K-On!]]''
*** ''K-On!'' does this in two ways: the unnamed city is [[http://infinitemirai.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/k-on-map.jpg based on Kyoto]], but since it's stated that the city is not Kyoto, no famous landmarks are shown (the girls subsequently visit Kyoto in a ClassTrip). The school's interior and exterior are the [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/toyosato-high-school-home-of-k-on/ Toyosato Elementary school]], which is located in the small town of Toyosato (50 km from Kyoto).
** ''Manga/LuckyStar''
** The [[http://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-33-2b/mach11682/folder/540791/93/26293393/img_1?1403018237 Usagiyama shopping district]] in ''Anime/TamakoMarket'' is based on the [[http://likeafishinwater.com/2014/04/18/demachi-masugata-shotengai/ Demachi Masugata Shoutengai]] in Kyoto.
** [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/By8F2CgCUAAdEHp.jpg:orig Done again]] in ''LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark''
** [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CePFeOpUYAE5E3c.jpg And again]] in ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld''
** Yet again with ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'', set in [[http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/jin115/imgs/a/a/aa9b460d.jpg Uji, Kyoto]].
** ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is set in [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2017/01/21-1/feature-anime-vs-real-life-miss-kobayashis-dragon-maid Koshigaya]].
* ''Manga/{{BECK}}'' does this a lot during their tour of America. And seems to have ShownTheirWork.
* The series ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' recreates much of Ikebukuro (a section of Tokyo) — sometimes disturbingly so. (That vending machine Shizuo uprooted and tossed around in Ep. 3 ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rY3exryGq8#t=6m0s actually exists]].'') People have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_6EMZYOf74 even made montages]] of the many suspiciously familiar places they've found in the anime.
* According to fans of ''Anime/GunsmithCats'', you can tell when its location scouting in Chicago was done by the state of repairs on some of the buildings.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is set in the Hinamizawa village, inspired by real-life Shirakawa.
* ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'' does this with Onomichi in the Hiroshima prefecture. See [[http://www.onomichiguide.com/kamichu.html here]]. Of course, everything looks a little newer in the anime—it's set in the period between spring 1983 and spring 1984.
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'' for Washington, D.C. and parts of Tokyo. The mall that Takizawa lives in is a real place - Lalaport in Toyosu. The movie theater in the show looks exactly like it does in real life.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' with Shibuya, though in the show, they call it Shizume. Scepter 4's headquarters, Bar HOMRA, and the ElaborateUniversityHigh are also all based on real locations in Tokyo.
* ''Anime/LoveLive'', with Akihabara and surrounding areas. The main area on Chuo Doori around the station is shown quite a few times. The maid cafe where [[spoiler: Kotori works]] is [[http://www.curemaid.jp/ real]], as is [[https://youtu.be/NXZ_PBlMrPg?t=4m14s Honoka's parents' wagashi shop]]. Apparently their ''manju'' really are as great as Umi says (the bridge in the above video also shows up frequently in the anime). And of course, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanda_Shrine Kanda Myojin]], one of the most important Shinto shrines, where Nozomi works as a {{Miko}}-in-training. The shrine even had collaborations with Love Live, which is [[OlderThanTheyThink actually nothing new for them]] - they had similar things with popular Kabuki actors over a hundred years ago.
** ''Sunshine!'' is also based on a real seaside town.
* ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'''s Seize is based off [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/cuenca-spain-home-of-sora-no-woto/ Cuenca, Spain]]. Fans have even gone there to take photos of locales shown on the anime.
* Naoki Urasawa's ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' takes you mostly through the scenery of the [[CommieLand former Communist bloc]], like Germany and Czechoslovakia, as it tries to unravel the mystery of Johan's creation and his past, though some other settings occur as well, such as Southern France.
** You can find his references for some of the streets and buildings[[http://erich-springer.livejournal.com/tag/monster%20guide here]].
* Most iterations of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' do this, at least before the places in question get torn apart by {{kaiju}}. Some of the best examples are the Fuji TV station in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and the extensive scouting of Shinjuku's surrounds in ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
** This is more noticeable in ''Digimon Tamers'', because took place mostly in the real world, it contained many Real places. Some examples: [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_082.jpg Guilmon's hideout]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_107.jpg Henry's apartment building]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_059.jpg Takato and Henry's school]], [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_114.jpg The street Takato lives]], and [[http://www.konaka.com/alice6/tamers/loction/SJ_051.jpg the park Takato, Kazu and Kenta played in]].
* ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' takes place in Kawasaki, Japan, and matches it shot for shot. The art style of Sunred might not be the one usually associated with this trope, but the locations are all too real.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Mahora obviously has no real world counterpart]], but as a whole it's a composite of many real-world places. For instance, the Mahora Bell Tower, pretty much ''is'' the bell tower of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_cathedral Florence Cathedral]].
** In the Magical World arc, the [[http://cdn2.bato.to/comics/m/mahou-sensei-negima/221/noisy-scanlations/English/read4d7e85ca7f86c/Mahou_Sensei_Negima_Chapter_221_NS_Mahou221_06_NS4d7e85ca890c5.png building where the Megalomesembrian and Hellan envoys meet]] during the festival looks exactly like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altare_della_Patria the Altare della Patria, or Il Vittoriano]] in Rome.
** There's also a flashback that takes place in Istanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey, and the background is a very close reproduction of [[http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6215/orto2852006.jpg the Istanbul skyline]]. Also note that the only way to tell that this takes place in Istanbul [[GeniusBonus is to recognize the background]], because it isn't actually mentioned.
* The town of Kamakura, in the Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, is popular as a setting for anime and manga series, in large part due to its extensive seaside beaches, numerous historic sites with lots of ShrinesAndTemples, and its distinctive local train service, Enoden. As a matter of fact, the train crossing near Kamakurakokomae station is depicted ''so'' often that it can be considered cliché.
** ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Lucy winds up on Yuigahama beach. The stairs of Gokurakuji temple get a lot of screen time, up to and including the emotional ending. Enoshima island and the Benten bridge leading up to it are used for the ultimate battle in the anime, with lots of screen time for the [[LighthousePoint Enoshima Light House Observatory]].
** ''Anime/UtaKata''. Most of the attention is on the shrines, parks and temples within Kamakura itself. Enoshima island and its tower form the backdrop of one of the more dramatic episodes. And then there are the [[BeachEpisode two episodes in which the main characters head for Yuigahama beach]].
** In ''Manga/AoiHana'', characters are often depicted traveling on the Enoden line. Enoshima island and the Benten bridge are shown as well, but the show gains bonus points for having a scene in the Iwaya cave. The "Milk Hall", the show's main hangout spot, is a real location and the famous ''Manga/ElfenLied'' stairs are also shown, this time in a more romantic setting.
*** Mangaka Takako Shimura even based the design of Fujigaya Academy, especially the long woodland path leading up to the gate, on the real-life Kamakura Literature Museum.
** ''Manga/TwinSpica'' takes a more stylistic approach, although the shorelines and the Yuigahama boulevard where Asumi goes jogging are clearly recognizable.
** In ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'', Alpha takes a trip to Kamakura, with a very prominent view of Enoshima.
** ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' is set on Kamakura's Yuigahama Beach.
** ''Manga/AChannel'' has the obligatory BeachEpisode, in which the girls take the very recognizable Enoden train ride to their destination.
** ''Anime/{{Tsuritama}}'' is explicitly set at Enoshima.
** ''Anime/PingPong'' is another Enoshima-set show, with the final scene of the series taking place on the beach near the island.
** The events within ''Anime/TariTari'' are also set in Kamakura, particularly around [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/sakuchu-enoshima-island-home-of-tari-tari/ Enoshima]].
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', which usually takes place in the fictional Kibougahana, has the characters visit Kamakura, which also happens to be Tsubomi's former hometown, for an episode.
** ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}'' takes place in Kamakura and Enoshima.
** In ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo'', the last volume takes place in Kamakura, [[spoiler: with Mio and Shou becoming a BattleCouple to protect it from an earthquake, a huge fire and then a ''tsunami'', [[TogetherInDeath dying in the process]].]]
** ''Manga/{{Aiura}}'' is set in Kamakura. Some local landmarks appear regularly, such as the gate of the Museum of Literature. There are depictions of locations from other towns mixed in, though.
** While ''Manga/SlamDunk'' refers mostly to the "Kanagawa Prefecture" and never openly mentions Kamakura by name, it's pretty clear that the action is set there too: Shohoku High is modeled after a high school from the city itself, and the famous railroad crossing near Kamakurakokomae Station appears in the first OP. [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/07/15/slam-dunk-fans-get-a-little-to-enthusiastic-trespass-on-kanawaga-school-property/ In July 2015, a group of Taiwanese tourists]] [[http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/fun_spots/AJ201501200008 got in trouble for getting into the aforementioned high school without authorization.]]
** The anime of ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'' makes heavy use of Kamakura locales. The main characters travel with the Shōnan Monorail, and Shōnan-Enoshima Station makes a regular appearance. Also, the stairs to Reina's house are clearly modeled after the stairs of Gokurakuji temple.
** Though most of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' takes place in the fantasy world of Gaea, a number of real-life landmarks plus a sweeping scenery shot of the ocean from a mountainside reveals that Hitomi's high school where the story starts is in Kamakura.
* According to [[http://anitabi.net/blog/2014/11/kimiuso.html this blog]], many of ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' settings takes place in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nerima Nerima-ku, Tokyo]].
* ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora'' takes place against photo-realistic real-life backgrounds. Of special note are Biei in Hokkaido, hometown of the main character Sora, and the hip Tokyo neighborhood of Shimokitazawa. In one episode Sora and Kohta also [[spoiler:go on a date]] in Kamakura.
* ''Manga/{{Amanchu}}'' largely takes place in the town of Ito on the Japanese Izu peninsula, which is known for its abundant hot springs. The big building at the shore where the cast gets together a few times is a well-known local landmark.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' is set on one of the subtropical Japanese Amami-Oshima islands. It doesn't get any explicit mention though until the DVD special.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is big on this. All three major localities the TV show takes place in, [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], Sapporo and [[AliensInCardiff Vladivostok]], were painstakingly researched to the point where indeed it was possible to pinpoint the time the references were taken by the state of specific buildings alone.
** To the point that it explicitly binds the action to January 2008. The large-scale redevelopment that begun in Summer 2008 in preparation to 2012 APEC summit, has changed the downtown Vladivostok to the extent that it would be impossible to miss, had the action happened any later.
* ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' is set in Okinawa. The credits reveal that the staff worked with the Okinawa tourism board, and does it ever show. There is almost no part of the show that's not showing off the island, its wildlife and its attractions at one point or another.
* ''Anime/{{Tamayura}}'' takes place in [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/takehara-home-of-tamayura-hitotose/ Takehara]], a small seaside town of in the Hiroshima prefecture of Japan, not far from ''Anime/{{Kamichu}}'''s Onomichi. The town is rendered with painstaking detail, up to and including touristic signs.
* ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' contains detailed shots of the west of Ireland, and the town in episode 2 is a lot like Galway.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' featured locations that were accurately based on real places from the Kobe prefecture.
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' used actual railway stations.
* ''Anime/HanasakuIroha'' is set in a town modelled after Yukawa. Comparison pictures can be found [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/kanazawa-ishikawaga-home-of-hanasaku-iroha/ here]].
* The girls from ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' live in the town of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Hamamatsu Hamamatsu]], in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture. The artist loves to sneak in references, like maps and local landmarks, and sometimes even mentions them by name.
* Many of the locations in ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'' are real places in Tokyo, often surprising detailed drawn. A collection of pictures of the real places can be seen [[http://natsukan.net/0034yubisakiMilkTea/?id=all here]].
* ''Manga/{{Yuritetsu}}'' is about four girls which form a railway club and naturally goes by real trains to real stations and sights all over Japan. Their local station Yurigasaki-Joshikoumae is a renamed Hino Station on the Chūō Main Line in Tokyo, but the other places goes by their real names, be it the big Ueno Station in Tokyo or the secluded Koboro on Hokkaido. And since one of the girls, Hakutsuru Tsurumi, is a fan of a series which is obvious ''Manga/KOn'', they are also visiting the above-mentioned Toyosato Elementary School.
* ''Anime/NatsuiroKiseki'' takes place in Shimoda, a seaside town on Japan's Izu peninsula. The show is rife with [[SceneryPorn shots of the town's eye-catching surroundings]].
* ''Anime/PlasticMemories'' is heavily implied to take place in Singapore. [[http://mothership.sg/2015/05/iconic-sporean-landmarks-locations-featured-in-japanese-anime-series-plastic-memories/ As you can see in this comparison]], the city-state's districts and landmarks such as Orchard Road and the Bugis+ mall, are replicated down to the last bit of detail.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is largely set in the Azabu Juuban district of the Minato ward of Tokyo. There is ever a fan produced book on the topic of how heavily the show draws from the area ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Legend-Reflections-Japan-Sailor/dp/1419608142 Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Joshiraku}}'' the second short have the girls visiting various places in Japan while providing some trivia about the location.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' uses places in the Tsukishima Area in the Chuo-ward of Tokyo as a reference for the setting, particularly the Tsukishima and Tsukuda districts. The author even marks the locations she used in the omake.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/oarai-ibaraki-home-of-girls-und-panzer/ is set in and around the port city of Oarai]], including one episode where a battle took place in its streets. In a case of TheRedStapler, it has caused a three-fold increase in tourism to the town. Which is exactly [[ThePlan what the town council hoped to happen]].
* The anime of ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'' has two notable examples. The Valley of Death arc displays the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_du_Gard Port du Gard]], a Roman aqueduct located in France, and at the beginning of the Class 3-4 arc, the characters briefly visit a church based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Peter%27s_Basilica Saint Peter's Basilica]], which is also shown in the opening.
* The setting of ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki'' is based on [[http://www.talesyotsuba.com/article/370342937.html Sendai, Miyagi]].
* The bridge in ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' is based on a real bridge located in Tokyo's Arakawa ward. In the anime, some shots even contain the Tokyo Skytree under construction.
* ''Anime/{{Glasslip}}'' takes place in [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/mikuni-city-fukui-prefecture-home-of-glasslip/ Mikuni]], a small seaside town in Japan's Fukui prefecture.
* ''Manga/FutsuuNoJoshikouseiGaLocodolYattemita'' is set in Nagarekawa. Its real-world counterpart, Nagareyama, is a [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/nagareyama-chiba-prefecture-home-of-futsuu-no-joshikousei-ga-locodol-yatte-mita/ mid-sized town in the Chiba prefecture that is relatively close to Tokyo]].
* The town in ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' is modeled after [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/colmar-france-home-of-gochuumon-wa-usagi-desu-ka/ Colmar in the French Alsace region]]. It also contains some locations from nearby Strasbourg. Since most depicted customs are Japanese, this leads to [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield confusion about the actual country the town is supposed to be in]].
* The events of ''Manga/FlyingWitch'' are set in and around [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/hirosaki-region-aomori-home-of-flying-witch/ Hirosaki City]] in Aomori, with area landmarks, such as the Hirosaki Castle and Park, and the Taisho Roman Tearoom, being featured as locations that the main characters visit.
* The vicinity of Tokyo-3 in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and the ''Rebuild'' films is heavily modeled on the inland town of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Hakone Hakone.]]
* Most of ''Manga/{{Barakamon}}'' takes place on Fukue-jima, the largest and southernmost island of the Gotō Islands in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan. Many landmarks are clearly recognizable, such as the Gotō-Fukue airport, the town of Fukue and Tomie Hospital.
* ''Anime/CelestialMethod'' uses real locations from Tōyako, a town in the Hokkaido prefecture of Japan, and Sapporo. Lake Toya, a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, can often be seen as a backdrop.
* Several Western suburbs of Tokyo, such as Musashino, its district of Kichijoji (which is distinct enough to feel as a separate entity, though), and Mitaka right next to them, are popular among the various anime studios as locations for their [=HQs=] in RealLife (Creator/HayaoMiyazaki isn't nicknamed [[FanNickname The Lord of Mitaka]] for naught), so they sometimes end up as settings due to [[WriteWhatYouKnow their familiarity to the animators]]:
** Musashino gets named explicitly in the novels of ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', so the anime uses many locations from Musashino and Kichijoji, especially the train stations. Additionally, Sachiko's family apparently has a summer home in Karuizawa, a resort not far from Tokyo, and in the last episode Touko and Yumi travel to Chichibu (which is also the setting of ''[[Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay AnoHana]]''). Also of note are the faithful depictions of Rome, Pisa and Florence in the {{OVA}}.
** PAW's ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'' is an [[MostWritersAreWriters animation industry-themed]] WorkCom set in ''Musashino'' Animation studio, so it shows a lot of local scenery (including a building of the studio itself, which is a real one), Musashino and Kichijouji train stations with their shopping arcades, the nearby Inokashira park and Benten shrine in Mitaka, etc. It is also full of other {{Shout Out}}s to various animation-industry locales around Greater Tokyo.
* ''Anime/YoureUnderArrest'' is an another WorkCom, this time about the [[PoliceProcedural traffic police department]] in the Bokuto district of the Tokyo's Sumida ward, and portrays the various Eastern Tokyo locations, including the Tokyo Monorail, quite fathfully.[[note]]Except in real life Bokuto doesn't ''have'' a police precinct, being served by the ones in nearby districts.[[/note]] The promotional poster to the second seson even features the leading girls against the beauty shot of the iconic red-railed Azuma bridge near the Asakusa station,[[note]]Ironically, placing them in the Taito ward, on the other side of Sumida.[[/note]] with the Sumida Ward office and the infamous Golden Turd[[note]]An enormous gold-colored and vaguely poop-shaped sculpture atop of the Asahi Brewery flagship beer hall, that is supposedly a flame blown by the wind[[/note]] prominently featuring in the background (though not the Tokyo Sky Tree, which was built more than a decade later).
* ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' is a loving and meticulously detailed recreation of the much of Greater Tokyo area, from Kamakura and Yokohama to the south to Musashino to the west and so on, in the CosyCatastrophe AfterTheEnd setting. Yokosuka may be completely submerged by the rising sea levels, but its streetlights are still getting on every night — ten meters underwater.
* One of the [[AfterlifeAntechamber Hell banishments]] in the third season of ''Anime/HellGirl'' has one AssholeVictim thrown off a green-tinted Empire State Building, with the Chrysler Building visible in the background. Another banishment in the same season also briefly shows the Empire State Building in the background before this episode's AssholeVictim gets chased by a gigantic Ai Enma near the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
* The bridge from which Banri Tada of ''Anime/GoldenTime'' fell, causing his amnesia, is the Horai Bridge in Shizuoka Prefecture, the world's longest wooden walking bridge.
* One scene in episode 13 of ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' takes place in the Philippines. For instance, the [[http://imgur.com/13WdvBW "Walking Street" arch]] is actually found in Balibago, Angeles City, in the province of Pampanga.
* ''Literature/BeautifulBonesSakurakosInvestigation'' takes place in Asahikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.
* ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' does this a lot with local backgrounds of Tokyo, especially in chapter introductory pages.
* While Creator/MakotoShinkai is well known for his surreal SceneryPorn, some of his more realistic works utilize this trope quite a lot, with almost all of them having something to do with Tokyo.
** In ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' we see multiple locations in Tokyo, which, [[http://imgur.com/gallery/gn6Pl when compared with the real places they were based on]], are difficult to tell which one is real.
** In ''Anime/TheGardenOfWords'', the garden where Takao and Yukari meet is [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/shinjuku-gyoen-home-of-the-garden-of-words/ Shinjuku Gyoen]], a park located in the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts of Tokyo, see anime and real life comparsion [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/b2/13/e3/b213e3285c3e5a481da5aa8b5e03277f.jpg here]].
** While the town of Itomori in ''Anime/YourName'' is fictional (as it is based on Hida City in Gifu Prefecture), there are still plenty of scenes set in Tokyo, especially [[http://animebibly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Kimi-no-Na-wa-Backgrounds.jpg this]] iconic scene from one of the posters. It's so true to life it's even possible to [[https://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/a-photogrammetry-exercise-in-kimi-no-na-wa-your-name-determining-the-location-of-takis-apartment-and-a-fly-through-from-tokyo-to-hida/ triangulate Taki's address]] purely from background landmarks.
* The finale of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' takes place in...[[CanadaEh Edmonton, Alberta, Canada?]] No, ''[[http://nopybot.com/2016/03/20/gundams-in-edmonton/ really]]''.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' features several real-world locations due to being about international-level figure skating, so naturally it would lead to many instances of this. The first two episodes alone have a lot of examples, which are listed in [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2016/10/22/feature-anime-vs-real-life-yuri-on-ice this Crunchyroll article]]. Though Yuri's hometown of Hasetsu isn't a real place, it's heavily based on the real Kyushu town of Karatsu.
* Despite ''Anime/{{Classicaloid}}'' being an EdutainmentShow, it has a recognisable background of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamamatsu Hamamatsu, Shizuoka]]. In real life, the harmonica-shaped building the bad guys use as a base is called Act City, while the kite festival mentioned in Schu's debut episode actually does happen.
* ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' is set in Romania, with Sighisoara specifically being one of the towns present (along with a fictional city called Trifas). [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DEmGsCyV0AAOtW2.jpg:large The animators took this to heart.]]
* ''Manga/LaidBackCamp'' is largely set in Yamanashi Prefecture, next to the foothills of Mount Fuji. Some of the camping trips see the cast visit campsites in the area, but the girls also visit other regions: during the fourth episode, Rin rides out to Nagano and visits Mount Tatebochi.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Many of the locations in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' are based on actual UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} landmarks and businesses. This is preserved in TheFilmOfTheBook, which filmed on location wherever possible, including hunting down the hole-in-the-concrete-wall apartment author Bryan Lee O'Malley used to live in.
* The world of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' is based on the artist's home town, Chagrin Falls, OH, including the suburban atmosphere and the local trees, especially in [[http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/essential.jpg this large graphic that appeared on the back of an early collection]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/BerlinAlexanderplatz'' was was praised in its time for its vivid use of actual Berlin street-names and places, actual newspapers, as well as cut-outs of real-world events into the text. It's often considered a German equivalent of ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''. The 1931 Film version was shot in the real-life ''Alexanderplatz'', however Fassbinder's miniseries could not really achieve this[[note]]Alexanderplatz lapsed into East Berlin and much of it had been damaged by UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and the show was made on a low-budget using sets from Creator/IngmarBergman's period film ''The Serpent's Egg'' set in the same era[[/note]] so he more or less set most of the action in interiors rather than exteriors (except for the finale set in the forest).
* Walker Percy's ''Literature/TheMoviegoer'' describes this as "certification", and it refers to a scene in the novel (set in 50s New Orleans) where characters go to see Creator/EliaKazan's ''Panic in the Streets'', a Hollywood movie that was shot on location in New Orleans (and made in the fifties'[[note]]It is a real movie and really was shot in the city[[/note]] and experience this feeling after seeing familiar streets and locations and then stepping out the theater and noting how uncanny it is to see the same world outside that was on the screen.
* Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' was famous for its meticulous use of real uses and locations, down to street names and addresses. Joyce used actual guidebooks, phone directories and other reference material to achieve his vision.

[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' has the playfield freeways labeled after their RealLife counterparts — the Bayshore Freeway (route 101), the Santa Monica Freeway (interstate 10), and the San Diego Freeway (interstate 5).
* The backglass for ''Pinball/{{Checkpoint}}'' features Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle in the background.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The fourth game in the ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' series took this approach, using photographs of real-life LA scenery and scanning them in as the background shots.
* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' featured a rather extensive 240-square-mile re-creation of Los Angeles and its surrounding area, down to the individual street names and landmarks.
** ''VideoGame/LANoire'' does this for the LA of 1947.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series, starting with ''San Andreas''. Many a player was surprised at the level of detail that went into the fictional versions of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Likewise for ''GTA IV'' and NYC.
** Not to the same extent, but present in Vice City as well. More than just Miami Beach, you can see various familiar sites driving around the city of Miami itself.
** Though quite a few features of the cities resemble [[CreatorProvincialism Scotland, where developer Rockstar is based]].
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' continues the tradition, with an all new and even more accurate recreation of Los Angeles complete with surrounding countryside, to the point that [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/491242-mapping-los-santos-buildinglandmark-analysis/ there is an ongoing fan effort to search through L.A. and beyond on Google Maps]] and find ''GTA V'' locations.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' contains a remarkably faithful recreation of Shibuya, barring the [[RuleOfCool stylish yet impossible angles of skyscrapers]] and [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed the fact that none of the stores]] [[BlandNameProduct are the brands they should be]].
* The tracks in ''VideoGame/ProjectGothamRacing 2'' are so accurate that one Scottish gamer was able to identify a store he used to frequent on an Edinburgh track.
* A lot of effort was put into replicating London in ''VideoGame/TheGetaway''. You can find the pub you burn down in real life; the screenshots are as similar as the page image.
* The MMO ''Silkroad Online'' is based on the real [[UsefulNotes/TheSilkRoad Silk Road]]. Most of the deserts, docks and cave entrances [[https://youtu.be/tObicL18tpg?t=12s are identical to the actual Silk Road.]]
** To a lesser extent the cities, being much smaller than the real life counterpart, only a small part of the cities is present in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' uses the Washington Metro area for its Capital Wasteland. Of course, the scenery is all blasted and post-apocalyptic, but there are several places where you can see what the real-life equivalent would look like if it got blown up.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is even better at this. Even the little ghost town you start the game in, Goodsprings, is a real-life location; the bar and general store are lifted straight from the real ones.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectReality'' includes several real cities and locales among the map roster, such as several cities in Iraq and Lebanon.
* The ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series contains numberous locations recreated painstakingly from the RealLife Chernobyl exclusion zone. In some cases the only differences are [[SpaceCompression the distances between locations]]. And the mutants. We hope.
* The ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series loves using real places as backdrops for its levels.
** The first game's missions "All Ghillied Up" and "One Shot, One Kill" take place in [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Pripyat, Ukraine]]. The levels are themselves an accurate recreation of the desolate city's environs modeled from photographs of the real thing.
** ''Modern Warfare 2'' combined this trope with SceneryGorn in their depiction of UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, to [[NightmareFuel horrifying effect]]. Fight in the trenches in the National Mall! Take out SAM sites atop the Robert F. Kennedy Building! Obliterate the World War II Memorial with a minigun!
** The ''very first level'' of the third game has a reasonably faithful interpretation of Wall and Broad Streets, the Federal Hall, the New York Stock Exchange (including a firefight on the trading floor), and surrounding environs. It's immediately followed by a swim through the (collapsed) Battery Park Tunnel out to New York Harbor, and a further level has a ChaseFight through an ''actual, operating London Underground tunnel'' from Canary Wharf to Westminster. And while [[BlandNameProduct the name has been changed to "Hotel Oasis"]], it's still pretty obvious "Dust to Dust" takes place inside a recreated Burj Al-Arab.
* In the background of one of the levels in the Japan-only PSX platformer ''VideoGame/TheAdventureOfLittleRalph'', a damaged [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Cathedral Florence Cathedral]] sits randomly among other ruined European-esque structures.
* ''VideoGame/KentuckyRouteZero'' is set in the real-life US state of Kentucky and the area shown on the map is a section of Interstate 65 between Elizabethtown and Bowling Green. The roads on the map actually exist and their real-life names and highway numbers are used. However, the actual locations such as Equus Oil and the burning tree are fictional.
* ''VideoGame/DayZ'' uses the same map as VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II, so the geography and building placement are lifted from a real area in the Czech Republic. The in-game map is so accurate that you can actually use it to navigate the real area.
* ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} III'' is so dedicated to this, that some of the devs got in trouble when the research they were doing was [[MistakenForSpies mistaken as being espionage]].
* The ''Videogame/CarolReedMysteries'' use real locations in Norrköping, Sweden as that was the creator's hometown. He and his wife would take thousands of photos of their town and use it as the setting in each game.
* Several towns in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' are based off real-life cultures. Players have spotted buildings that correspond to [[http://forums.warpportal.com/index.php?/topic/126246-journey-across-ro-and-reality/ their real-life counterparts]] that you can visit in real life.
* ''VideoGame/DigimonStoryCyberSleuth'' is set in Tokyo and it shows - the player's MissionControl is in the shopping mall Nakano Broadway, you can go to Shibya, you can stand outside the Sega building in Akihabara (and this doesn't need to be pointed out - it has Sega's actual logo) and the famous railway station is even a dungeon.
* ''VideoGame/AkibasTrip'', which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin set within Akihabara]], faithfully recreates Akihabara down to the finest details.
* Inverted for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'', where a screenshot of the game was accidentally used in a news report about the Middle East.


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* 7th Expansion's sound novels use mostly photo-shopped filtered photos as backgrounds, so this is bound to happen.
** Hinamizawa in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is based on [[http://punynari.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/shirakawa-go-japan-the-real-hinamizawa/ Shirakawa-Go]]. [[ParanoiaFuel Not even the real world is safe now.]]
** Umineko follows this with at least the Mansion (and probably also the garden) [[http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/kyu-furukawa/ which is based upon a mansion in the Kyū Furukawa Gardens]] from Tokyo.
** The background photos of ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' have been taken mostly in Paris (you can even see some French company logos if you look closely). And Club Primavera is none other than the Moulin Rouge.
* Filtered photos, this time of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_University Brown University]], are also the basis for ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'''s Yamaku Academy.
** The local geography, though, is largely based on the city of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Sendai Sendai]], with Yamaku apparently sitting on the steep hill between the Sendai Zoo, the ruins of Aoba castle, and two campuses (Aobayama and Kawauchi) of Tohoku University.
* In general, any indie visual novel that utilizes filtered photos as backgrounds will invoke this.
* VisualNovel/{{Nekopara}} is set in Yokohama and uses a few real places within that city, most notably by the bay.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Tom Siddell based the backgrounds of Zimmy's DarkWorld off actual locations in Birmingham.
** Hence the FanNickname 'Zimmingham'.
* Because Paul Taylor, the author of ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', has a background in photography, the backgrounds in the comic match up quite nicely with the actual geography of Minneapolis, even to the point where the fanbase can identify the exact street corner a scene is taking place at.
* ''Webcomic/OrangeMarmalade'' does this for the backgrounds, using photographs of Korea taken by internet photographers (after getting their permission) revealed in one of the bonus strips.
* ''Manga/ThadsWorldDestructionBeforeDestruction'' is centered on Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* ''Webcomic/TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal'' is full of these.
* Moperville North High School in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is based on Naperville North High School in suburban Chicago.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' features locations easily recognizable by residents of Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts. Some realistic representations of existing stores undergo a [[FictionalCounterpart subtle name change]] : For instance, the real-life pub [[http://www.dirtytruthbeerhall.com "The Dirty Truth"]] becomes [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1464 "The Horrible Revelation"]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Apparently the design team for ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' thoroughly researched New York and almost every rooftop has some sort of real-life counterpart.
* True for most locations in the ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' animated film. This is fitting, because everywhere mentioned in the book ''is'' a real place.
* The crew of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' traveled around the world looking for the best backgrounds possible to use as a basis for the show's areas.
* The EstablishingShot of the Griffins' house in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' features the actual Providence, Rhode Island, skyline in the background.
* Creator/RalphBakshi is fond of using real photographs as the basis of the backgrounds for his films. This is especially true of his {{rotoscop|ing}}ed films, particularly ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanPop''. In some early films he even superimposed his characters against live-action footage.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' is set in a quasi-post apocalyptic version of Detroit, and as such has featured grunged up versions of actual locations, such as a [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco1_1280.png (slightly more) tagged up version]] of [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6dfyuXpEQ1r34acco2_500.jpg Michigan Central Station]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has backgrounds [[MediumBlending literally made from photos]] of real places. Some of them are [[GISSyndrome stock images]], but others were taken specifically for use in the show. In particular, most residential area backgrounds are made of pictures from Vallejo, while the front of Elmore Junior High [[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ejh_alhs_comparison.jpg is made from]] photos of the front of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln High School in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': The Factory is based on real-life Renault factory in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulogne-Billancourt Boulogne Billancourt]]. There's also a school remarkably like Kadic a few kilometers away.
* Creator/HannaBarbera used photographs of U.S. landmarks such as Mount Rushmore and the St. Louis Arch as backgrounds in its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB7zTWbl4Lw pitch film]] for ''Duffy's Dozen'' circa 1971.